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China: Banking and finance

Within Foreign firms, tier 4

Mayer Brown JSM’s 2013 highlights included advising China Development Bank on its $1.1bn financing of the purchase of 30 ships by China Ship Fund. Hong Kong based Richard Stock has notable aviation finance experience.

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China: Corporate and M&A

Within Foreign firms, Mayer Brown JSM is a third tier firm,

Mayer Brown JSM fields a strong, five-partner team in Beijing, and recruited Betty Tam from the Shanghai office of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP to bolster its strength in that city. The firm displayed its cross-border energy credentials through its advice to Hanergy on its acquisition of Arizona-based Global Solar Energy. Xiang Yang Ge, Ian Lewis and Henry Wang are also recommended.

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China: Intellectual property

Within Foreign firms Other recommended firms

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China: Real estate

Within Foreign firms, Mayer Brown JSM is a first tier firm,

Mayer Brown JSM’s reputation in the space was further bolstered with the recruitment of Ricky Yiu from Baker & McKenzie to its Hong Kong office. Shanghai-based Andy Yeo is the key mainland contact; his recent mandates include advising a global bank on the purchase of its head office in Beijing’s central business district. In Hong Kong other key contacts include REIT specialist Phil Smith and senior consultant Billy Ho, who advised the trustees of Spring REIT on its private equity backed HKSE IPO.

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  • Foreign Investment Opportunities in Medical Service Sectorin the Shanghai Free Trade Zone

    On November 13, 2013, the Shanghai Municipal Government issued the Tentative Measures on the Administration of Foreign Owned Medical Institutions in China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone [Hu-Fu-Ban-Fa [2013] No.63] (" Measures "). According to the Measures, a foreign investor, who has engaged in medical institution investment or management for 5 years or more, may, upon the approval by the relevant local government authorities, set up a wholly foreign owned medical institution (" Medical WOFE ") in the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone (" Shanghai FTZ "). Also, the Measures might open up an investment opportunity for foreign capital to enter the nursing home market in China.
  • China Customs Further Reforms Import & Export Clearance Procedures

    The General Administration of Customs (" GAC ") issued Announcement [2013] No. 58 (" Announcement ") on October 30, 2013, announcing its decision to further reform the customs clearance procedures for importation and exportation, whereby as from November 1, 2013, an AA Category enterprise in China Customs' AEO (Authorized Economic Operator) program, after filing application and signing an MOU with the customs, may choose to file import/export declarations and have the goods cleared at the local customs office of the place where such enterprise is located rather than where the port of entry or exit is located (" Privileged Model ").
  • Multinationals urged to watch out for customs duty risks in royalty payments

    Chinese customs authorities have recently stepped up price investigations focusing on cross-border payments of intellectual property ("IP") royalties or license fees. More and more multinational companies ("MNC") have been chosen by the customs as principal audit/investigation targets for their royalty arrangements between Chinese subsidiaries and foreign parent companies or other associated parties. HaoLiWen customs practice lawyers have been approached by some of MNCs to advise on dutiability of such royalty payments and any risk exposure to customs law violation or even smuggling.
  • The hot season of apricots and almonds in China

    On August, 2013, a consumer filed a complaint for misleading advertising with Dong Xin AIC (Zhejiang province) against Hangzhou-based roasted nut and dry-food producer Yaotaitai.
    - HFG
  • China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Area:Foreign Investors’ Investment Opportunities

    The State Council has approved establishment of China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Area ("SHFTA") and more flexible, efficient and open economic administration will be carried out within SHFTA. In summary, two aspects of breakthroughs are relevant to foreign direct investment in SHFTA.
  • Shanghai Special Customs Supervision Zones Upgraded as National Pilot Free Trade Area

    On August 22, 2013, MOFCOM announced that the State Council of China approved the establishment of Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Area ("SHFTA") to cover four customs supervision zones (Shanghai Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone, Waigaoqiao Bonded Logistics Park, Yangshan Bonded Port and Shanghai Pudong Airport Free Trade Zone), with a total area of 28.78 square kilometers. It was reported that SHFTA will be formally established by the end of September, 2013. Early in September, the NPC StandingCommittee will determine adjusting some administrative examination and approval measures under some laws to be applied to SHFTA.
  • Small Labels, Big Matters-- Product Labeling under P.R.C. Law

    Normally perceived as a very small piece in the whole picture of production and distribution, product labeling is seldom taken seriously by distributors. However, the consequences of improper label are exceptionally severe in serious cases, including but not limited to:
  • Novel food, new regualtion

    China's regulation of so called " Novel food " is changing.
    - HFG
  • CHINA gossIP - Intellectual Property Journal - July/August 2013

    In this issue:
    - HFG
  • Dilemma and options for the Intellectual Property protection of product design

    Product design is playing an increasingly important role in commercial competition nowadays. Other than product quality, it is the design of a product that draws consumer's attention. A well designed product is more likely to impress consumers with its fashion appearance.
    - HFG